More about Laura
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“The city life style and the high employability rate for Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles.”
Can you tell us a little bit about your SPINEXPO experience in Shanghai?
"The experience at SPINEXPO was incredible and upon arrival we spent a couple of days setting up the show. Once the show begun, I had the opportunity to talk to people within the industry and learn more about the Chinese spinners. This opportunity will massively benefit me after I graduate as I now have first-hand experience of setting up and helping out at an internationally recognised trade show."
Has the course included any guest speakers?
“Yes, one particular speaker that stood out to me was Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textile Design alumna, Jo Bee. She graduated in 2010 and since then has worked for Julien MacDonald, a brand I’m particularly interested in. She was very enthusiastic about her work.”
How do you find the tutors?
“It is amazing to be studying something with tutors that are so well informed about their chosen careers. I’ve never been in such a supportive and specialist environment.”
How do you find the facilities?
“The knit room and the make-up room are incredible! Both the staff and knitwear facilities available are second to none.”
What do you enjoy most about studying and living in Nottingham?
“Coming from the outskirts of London, I’m used to a fast paced city. Nottingham is a far friendlier city than London. The tram is amazing and so handy; you can get to Nottingham station in less than 10 minutes from the City Campus.”
Have you completed any work placements?
“During the summer, I was able to secure two placements due to the reputation of the University. I worked for Marks and Spencer for four weeks in the head knitwear department. Working here significantly developed my CAD skills and I was also able to design a jumper for their s/s collection. I also worked with an independent knitwear designer in London for a number of weeks. I learned lots about pattern cutting, developed my knitting skills further and helped her complete a collection.”